I think it’s safe to say that this works better as an dystopian vocabulary builder than a cheerful and enlivening watch. The visuals here are gorgeous throughout - one almost feels guilty for finding such beauty in genuine horrors such as the stripmining of rural Germany. This film does an excellent job of unflinchingly looking at man’s mastery of nature and the grim repercussions of this, without villainising low-level contributors - working-class Russian crane operators and impoverished Nigerian techno-foragers are…
The ending of ‘About Elly’ doesn’t work that well in my opinion but the first hour and a half are riveting beyond belief. The scenes in the water are so intense that my shoulders are still aching with the tension. It definitely suffers from the fact that it’s most interesting character, as a matter of necessity to the story, is absent for much of the runtime, but that being said, this was thoroughly gripping.
Releasing this five days before Christmas was a brilliant decision on Netflix’s part.
My reaction to ‘The Two Popes’ has been far more emotional than intellectual in nature; I found this profoundly moving and will try to watch it again through an analytical lens. But for now, it is an instant classic in my book.
It is immediately gripping from the first scene onwards and the dialogue is scintillating in its dealings with a multiplicity of complex themes; that this…